Sunday, June 28, 2009
Now they must also be taught the correct way to evaluate and use it.
Digital Natives also have a different learning style. The library today must face those challenges in a creative and meaningful way.
Here are a few ideas we were successful with this year in my library.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
These notes may be reproduced free of charge for use and study within schools.
If you are looking for books to support certain topics, such as Environmental Issues, Death and Bereavement, Planet Earth, try here.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Image by libraryman via FlickrColleen Foley has informed us that NSW DET Schools Library are providing a K-12 Links4Learning section in the Web Enquiry/My library.
This will be live for start of Term 3 (hopefully last week of this term). The links will include clickable links for Info skills, Reference and KLA topic links, starting with topics for Stage 5.
There are some great opportunities for teacher librarians. I suggest:
*teacher librarians ask to have one of the laptops asap to enable them to support student and teacher use
*adjust your Web Enquiry front page with messages about library and teacher librarian support; the Links4Learning will be delivered
for you in Web Enquiry; we'll provide the SCIS numbers for you to do the related website SCIS orders easily
*we will publish some practical ideas for supporting digital Information literacy; if you have suggestions please do not hesitate to let us know
*more info in Current in last Scan, also in forthcoming Scan and on our website soon.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Enthuse your students to read through:
Book Pass: The Power of Choice! Reading Activity trialled by Murray Hill Middle School
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Where did they come from?
What started out as an event at Darien Library called “In the Foothills: A Not-Quite-Summit on the Future of Libraries” at which participants were instructed to “come prepared to help sketch out the role librarians should play in defining the future of libraries” provoked a conversation that spilled out across the ensuing week..
The Darien Statements on the Library and Librarians
Written and endorsed by John Blyberg, Kathryn Greenhill, and Cindi Trainor
The Purpose of the Library
The purpose of the Library is to preserve the integrity of civilization.
The Library has a moral obligation to adhere to its purpose despite social, economic, environmental, or political influences. The purpose of the Library will never change.
The Library is infinite in its capacity to contain, connect and disseminate knowledge; librarians are human and ephemeral, therefore we must work together to ensure the Library’s permanence.
Individual libraries serve the mission of their parent institution or governing body, but the purpose of the Library overrides that mission when the two come into conflict.
Why we do things will not change, but how we do them will.
A clear understanding of the Library’s purpose, its role, and the role of librarians is essential to the preservation of the Library.
The Role of the Library
- Provides the opportunity for personal enlightenment.
- Encourages the love of learning.
- Empowers people to fulfill their civic duty.
- Facilitates human connections.
- Preserves and provides materials.
- Expands capacity for creative expression.
- Inspires and perpetuates hope.
The Role of Librarians
- Are stewards of the Library.
- Connect people with accurate information.
- Assist people in the creation of their human and information networks.
- Select, organize and facilitate creation of content.
- Protect access to content and preserve freedom of information and expression.
- Anticipate, identify and meet the needs of the Library’s community.
The Preservation of the Library
Our methods need to rapidly change to address the profound impact of information technology on the nature of human connection and the transmission and consumption of knowledge.
If the Library is to fulfill its purpose in the future, librarians must commit to a culture of continuous operational change, accept risk and uncertainty as key properties of the profession, and uphold service to the user as our most valuable directive.
As librarians, we must:
- Promote openness, kindness, and transparency among libraries and users.
- Eliminate barriers to cooperation between the Library and any person, institution, or entity within or outside the Library.
- Choose wisely what to stop doing.
- Preserve and foster the connections between users and the Library.
- Harness distributed expertise to serve the needs of the local and global community.
- Help individuals to learn and to use new tools to create a more robust path to knowledge.
- Engage in activism on behalf of the Library if its integrity is externally threatened.
- Endorse procedures only if they guide librarians or users to excellence.
- Identify and implement the most humane and efficient methods, tools, standards and practices.
- Adopt technology that keeps data open and free, abandon technology that does not.
- Be willing and have the expertise to make frequent radical changes.
- Hire the best people and let them do their job; remove staff who cannot or will not.
- Trust each other and trust the users.
We have faith that the citizens of our communities will continue to fulfill their civic responsibility by preserving the Library.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Are you in the habit of regularly changing your passwords?
National Change Your Password Day,
Australians are being encouraged to take some simple steps to improve their online security as part of National E-security Awareness Week, June 5 - 12 2009.
Stay Smart Online provides all Australian online users with information on the simple steps they can take to be secure themselves online.
This website contains a free alert service that provides easy to understand information on the latest e-security threats and vulnerabilities, a free interactive education resource for primary and secondary school students, videos with useful tips on protecting your computer, a self assessment tool for small businesses, and information for parents.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Internet sites linked on this site support aspects of the professional and collaborative work of teacher-librarians. They include some intranet sites that only NSW Departmental schools can access.
"Research seems pretty easy – read a few books, visit a website or two, find some quotes and your assignment is on its way, right? But good research actually takes a bit more work."
This site provides students with a step-by-step guide to show you how to chunk research tasks into manageable parts, and much more.
ISP K-6 overview: Planning support: linking syllabus outcomes, information skills and ICT
The table provides access to sample ideas related to Connected Outcomes Groups (COGs) units for each phase of the information process. It supports collaboration with teachers on related units of work.
Worth checking out!